San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors - 10/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (73-19) at Golden State Warriors (88-18)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors open up the 2016-17 NBA season Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena on TNT.
The San Antonio Spurs begin a new era without Tim Duncan and hope they can remain NBA title contenders. While the Hall of Fame power forward will be missed, the Spurs probably upgraded at the position with a younger Pau Gasol. Throw in Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Spurs aren’t going to go away just yet. After all, any team that’s coached by Gregg Popovich has a chance to compete at the highest level, and the Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs in nearly two decades. The Spurs do have a roster with six players 31 years or older, but NBA fans have learned over the years you never count out San Antonio. The San Antonio Spurs have won five of their last six season openers. Jonathon Simmons is questionable with a calf injury.
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The Golden State Warriors enter this season as the favorites to win the NBA title and for good reason. A starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Zaza Pachulia may be the best in NBA history. The Warriors set a record with 73 wins last year and added a top-five player to the mix while only losing Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Festus Ezeli. The spacing for the Warriors and the elite shooting from the outside will make Golden State nearly impossible to defend and provide so many quality looks for All-Star caliber players. However, while the Bay Area is partying, the Warriors don’t have the same depth they had a year ago and do have serious problems with rim protection. While the Warriors are insanely talented, there are flaws that can be exploited. The Golden State Warriors have won their last four regular season openers.
The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
This is a truckload of points to be giving a Spurs team that always finds a way to compete no matter the situation. However, if you saw the Warriors in the preseason and know how Golden State plays in Oracle, you'll understand. The Warriors are an offensive powerhouse on steroids and that Oracle crowd only helps, as shots fall at an even higher clip. The Warriors by double digits will be said by me a lot this season.